Foodpanda strike shows new law on gig economy needed, says Syed Saddiq

SM Amin

Delivery riders protesting outside of Foodpanda's headquarters in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur yesterday. They say the company's new payment scheme will slash their incomes in half. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, October 2, 2019.

NEW laws are needed to protect the welfare of workers in the gig economy, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said after meeting about 100 Foodpanda delivery riders last night.

The group of riders from the online food delivery service went to the minister’s house last night to highlight their grouses about Foodpanda’s new payment system, which removes an hourly wage and pays them by delivery.

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  • Why not just all move over to Grab Good, surely Foodpanda will haveaddress your grouses.

    This bullying tactic of going to the Minister's house is unacceptable.

    Posted 2 years ago by CS Lee

  • This young man is arrogant, doesn't see the need and have the coutersy to consult the HR Miniter before making statements on behalf of the government. He tries hard to portray himself as a hero among the youth but comes across as immature, disrespectful and arrogant. When criticised publicly, he will twist and turn and try to justify his actions which in the first instant was uncalled for. He needs to learn about patience and respect for others including the elders.

    Posted 2 years ago by Panchen Low

  • When a company earns profits in the millions, it should not forget its workers. We must ensure that there are standards on this and will work with the cabinet."

    Little boy don't understand tech startup, they are burning investor money every month, not make millions.

    The riders could have boycotted and forced FP to the negotiation table, without his interference, the way market economy works, instead, he get to make himself look good for probably similar outcome as a direct negotiation between riders & FP, he took power away from the riders (who don't realize it) and in the process, make himself look ignorant and the country not friendly to investors.

    Posted 2 years ago by A Subscriber

    • This is the little boy's first job. Obviously promoted way beyond his meager thinking facilities and capabilities. With no experience in anything related to work or business, he makes stupid statements and overstep into his colleague's territory.

      Posted 2 years ago by Yoon Kok

  • 1. This is for the Human Resources ministry to handle. Please Syed, dont meddle in areas where you dont possess any expertise. A few screw ups from you is enough. Dont complicate matters.
    2. You just stick to sports la.
    3. The riders should take their grouses directly to the Human Resources Minister. They would have special officers and relevant expertise to address and manage the riders concerns.
    This issue is no different from other companies labour practices.
    4. Because you are the blue-eyed boy of the PM doesnt mean you have to run to the cabinet every time there is an issue!
    A good Minister is one who is able to provide amicable resolutions without bothering the cabinet with such matters. And what will the cabinet decide when the matter is raised? It would probably say the HR Ministry to manage the issue and report!
    5. Syed, please focus on sports... and bring value to sports in the country. We are lagging far behind our neighbours when it comes to sports.

    Posted 2 years ago by Kampung Boy